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5 unjustified reasons why Lionel Messi is disliked by some people

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 07:32 IST

Lionel Messi
Despite being arguably the best footballer of this generation, Messi is hated by many 

This topic might surprise many. After all, Lionel Messi is one of the most-loved sports stars in the world. And it is true. The Argentine’s soft-spoken and mild-mannered nature, coupled with his brilliant abilities as a footballer, has won him many fans world over.

While a lot of people absolutely adore him, there are, however, some who like to loathe him for various reasons. Sometimes, and it is very rare, one can understand the animosity towards him. However, in most cases, the hate is inscrutable.

Since there aren’t many reasons for people to dislike him, here are 5 reasons why some people hate him:

#1 Tax fraud

Lionel Messi during his tax fraud trial

The most damning moment of Lionel Messi’s career is not losing three finals in a row with Argentina, but being embroiled in the mess of the tax controversy that has his lawyers and father to blame more than the Argentine superstar.

Messi was in his early 20s when he apparently evaded taxes. The court concluded that his father was the person that was most responsible for the dodging of taxes worth 3.19 million pounds from 2007-2009.

The Barcelona number 10 was only 20-22 years of age back then. When I was 20-22, I didn’t know how to count money properly, let alone paying taxes that rises up to millions because of the huge amount of salary that Messi earns.

Despite not having much awareness about the issue, there are some people who think he is a genuine fraud and is the worst thing to happen to mankind since Justin Bieber decided to become a professional singer.

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Published 14 Jul 2016, 14:12 IST
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